Book Reviews

age 6+
 
Funny, relatable tale of 6-year-old with wild imagination.
By Abby Hanlon
(2014)
age 6+
 
Insightful, kid-friendly intro to the history of hip-hop.
By Laban Carrick Hill
(2013)
age 8+
 
Warm, funny story of a year in the life of a second grader.
By Kevin Henkes
(2013)
age 9+
 
Warm family story of children's wish for a mother.
By Patricia MacLachlan
(1985)
age 10+
 
Lighthearted tale of eccentric family's creative homeschool.
By Stephanie S. Tolan
(2002)
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age 11+
 
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
age 11+
 
Touching but not maudlin story about a dying child.
By Sally Nicholls
(2008)
age 4+
 
Kids will groove to this toe-tapping treasure.
By Leo & Diane Dillon
(2007)
age 13+
 
Unsettling French fable may confuse and alarm kids.
By Jean-Claude Mourlevat
(2006)
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age 9+
 
Newbery honoree about life with an autistic sib.
By Cynthia Lord
(2006)
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age 9+
 
Eccentric and enchanting kid art caper.
By Frank Cottrell Boyce
(2006)
age 2+
 
Warm drawings and text make this a must-have book.
By Norton Juster
(2006)
age 9+
 
A timeless classic with the fab Ramona!
By Beverly Cleary
(2000)
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age 9+
 
Well-crafted tale of an orphan's search for home.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(1999)
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age 9+
 
Exciting, moving story explores racism, myth making.
By Jerry Spinelli
(1990)
age 12+
 
A devastatingly powerful, intense tale of abuse and love.
By Michelle Magorian
(1981)
age 9+
 
A historical novel set in the Pacific Northwest.
By Jennifer L. Holm
(1999)
age 11+
 
Moving story of grief and recovery.
By Audrey Couloumbis
(1999)
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age 4+
 
Rhyming classic is a sure winner with kids.
By Ludwig Bemelmans
(1977)
age 6+
 
Amusing tales from author's childhood.
By Tomie dePaola
(1999)